The Cuckoos

For fans of:The Doors, Tame Impala, Prince, Greta Van Fleet

The bittersweet incandescent shimmer of The Cuckoos is deeply rooted in classic rock, dance club funk, and neo-psych art soul, earning the young Austin, Texas band a remarkable reputation in just a few short years. The swampy groove arising from the collision of New Wave romanticism, swirling experimentalism, and loud punky guitars is somehow as perfect as it was improbable, decisively demonstrated on record and stage.

I Hate Love, the band’s debut album, is a musical manifesto. The diverse ten-song outing crackles with the electricity of The Cuckoos coming into their own. It’s all a result of the combustible chemistry between Kenneth Frost, Dave North, Eric Ross, and Cole Koenning.

The band’s first self-titled EP earned favorable comparisons to Tame Impala, Joy Division, and Pink Floyd from esteemed publications like Classic Rock Magazine and Relix. I Hate Love is rooted in their primal psych-rock-post-punk soul but broadens its scope. It’s a new signature sound, one that will appeal equally to folks weaned on essential art-rock like Talking Heads and those attracted to retro-future acts like Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats.

I Hate Love was produced and mixed in Austin by Chris “Frenchie” Smith (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Toadies, Fastball) at the Grammy-nominated producer’s studio, The Bubble, and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Chris Cornell, Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop, Kid Cudi) and Reuben Cohen (Leon Russell, Dweezil Zappa, The Motels).


I Hate Love (2020) The Cuckoos EP (2017)


“The Cuckoos have a reputation for mixing the eerie, post-punk sounds of Joy Division with psychedelia and fun.” - PopMatters

“[A] captivating blend of genres, evoking the 1960s through a contemporary lens.” - Relix

“Kenneth Frost boasts a gothic baritone as evocative of the Reagan years as the summer of love and he utilizes lush, Germanic synths alongside swirling organ.” - The Austin Chronicle

“Imagine The Doors, Joy Division, and Rick James writing songs with Tame Impala and you start to get an idea of the rock and roll magic being conjured by Austin group The Cuckoos.” - Glide Magazine

"Morrison is still dead, but you might doubt it a little after hearing this spectacularly psychedelic garage rocker. [The] Cuckoos are hip young dudes who mine the late sixties acid rock scene for inspiration, but sound so authentic you'll think you're having a flashback."  - Classic Rock Magazine